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“Factories of Sadness”: The Cleveland Browns and the Congressional GOP

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Thank you Mike Polk for communicating the essence of being a Browns fan.

Sadly, hoping for better from the Browns is similar to being a supporter of the Congressional GOP which, if this report is to be believed, is attempting to commit political suicide by offering to trade big tax hikes on home owners with mortgages, which will also diminish the value of every home in America and the balance sheet of every financial institution that holds those mortgages while also deeply injuring the residents of every high tax state, all in exchange for current tax rates and the promise of fiscal discipline from Democrats.

This is exactly what happened in 2007 when the Beltway GOP persuaded itself that it could jam down immigration reform on an unwilling base by playing word games. The grassroots will never accept this deal and if the House leadership brings it to the floor it will shatter GOP unity. The leadership will say again and again it isn’t a tax hike but rather growth-inducing “tax reform,” but the millions of Americans paying higher taxes in 2012 while seeing housing demand and thus prices slip even more will never be persuaded by that sophistry because it is nonsense to argue that such a deal is anything remotely like the shrinking of government the House GOP pledged itself to.

The elections of 2010 were not fought and won so that the House Republicans could raise taxes by nearly a trillion dollars. Hopefully the Post’s report is erroneous, or simple posturing, but if it is correct, it will be the dumbest political move in decades and a “deal” only Democrats could love.

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